22 days in Sao Miguel Itinerary

22 days in Sao Miguel Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  12 h
1
Ponta Delgada
— 6 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Vila Franca do Campo
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Furnas
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Lagoa
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Ribeira Grande
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Nordeste
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h
End: Chicago

6
nights
Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jose do Canto Botanical Garden, Igreja de Sao Jose and O Rei Dos Queijos. Step out of Ponta Delgada to go to Mosteiros and see Mosteiros Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, explore the activities along Lagoa Azul, Sao Miguel Acores, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada sightseeing app.

Chicago, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in July: highs in Ponta Delgada hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vila Franca do Campo.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Mosteiros Beach, Salto do Cabrito, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Portas da Cidade ©
Portas da Cidade

2
nights
Vila Franca do Campo

Vila Franca do Campo is a town and municipality in the southern part of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Islet of Vila Franca do Campo. On the 13th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz, tour the water at your own pace with Boat Rentals, then don't miss a visit to Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, and finally take some stellar pictures from Serra da Barrosa Viewpoint.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Vila Franca do Campo day trip site.

Vila Franca do Campo is just a short distance from Ponta Delgada. In July, daily temperatures in Vila Franca do Campo can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Furnas.

Things to do in Vila Franca do Campo

Outdoors Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Lagoa do Fogo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Islet of Vila Franca do Campo ©
Islet of Vila Franca do Campo
Nossa Senhora da Paz ©
Nossa Senhora da Paz

2
nights
Furnas

Furnas ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): engage your brain at OMIC - Observatorio Microbiano dos Acores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra, then take in the dramatic natural features at Poca Da Dona Beija, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela de Nossa Senhora das Vitorias - Furnas.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Furnas trip planner.

Furnas is very close to Vila Franca do Campo. July in Furnas sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lagoa.

Things to do in Furnas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Sao Miguel
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Parque Terra Nostra ©
Parque Terra Nostra
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija
Caldeiras Vulcânicas ©
Caldeiras Vulcânicas

4
nights
Lagoa

Lagoa ©
Lagoa is a municipality in the southwestern part of São Miguel Island in the Azores. Ceramica Viera has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Divino Espirito Santo, take some stellar pictures from Ponta da Cintrao, and get curious at Observatorio Vulcanologico e Geotermico dos Acores.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagoa trip planner.

You can drive from Furnas to Lagoa in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Lagoa are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You'll set off for Ribeira Grande on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Lagoa

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ribeira Grande, Observatorio Vulcanologico e Geotermico dos Acores, Santana Astronomical Observatory
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Santana Astronomical Observatory ©
Santana Astronomical Observatory
Complexo Municipal de Piscinas ©
Complexo Municipal de Piscinas

3
nights
Ribeira Grande

Ribeira Grande ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Azores GreenMark - Feel the Azorean Nature. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara and then discover the deep blue sea with Azores GreenMark - Feel the Azorean Nature. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Calhau D'Areia, enjoy the sand and surf at Frade Natural Pools, then examine the collection at Tabaco da Maia Museum, then get great views at Frade Viewpoint, and finally take some stellar pictures from Miradouro de Santa Iria.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Ribeira Grande trip planner.

Ribeira Grande is just a short distance from Lagoa. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Nordeste.

Things to do in Ribeira Grande

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Miradouro da Pedra dos Estorninhos
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Azores GreenMark - Feel the Azorean Nature ©
Azores GreenMark - Feel the Azorean Nature
Praia de Santa Barbara ©
Praia de Santa Barbara
Miradouro de Santa Iria ©
Miradouro de Santa Iria

2
nights
Nordeste

Nordeste ©
Nordeste is a municipality on the northeastern part of São Miguel Island in the Azores. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Farol Ponta do Arnel. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Pico da Vara, take some stellar pictures from Viewpoint of Ponta da Madrugada, then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Lombo Gordo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nordeste sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ribeira Grande to Nordeste by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nordeste

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Salto do Prego
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Salto do Prego ©
Salto do Prego
Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego ©
Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego
Farol Ponta do Arnel ©
Farol Ponta do Arnel

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